Helen Grime in Tempo

The July 2019 issue of Tempo includes three contributions from yours truly: an analytical article on Helen Grime’s music and reviews of Joseph Straus’s latest book on disability studies and musical modernism and Zeno Baldi’s portrait CD on Stradivarius.

Required Reading: Experimental Music Since 1970

Book Review: Experimental Music Since 1970 By Jennie Gottschalk Bloomsbury, 2016 284 pp. From the very beginning of Experimental Music Since 1970, author Jennie Gottschalk lets us know that her perspective is that of a “maker,” a composer. This is instructive as to the book’s approach and to its inclusion and, in some cases, exclusion,Continue reading “Required Reading: Experimental Music Since 1970”

Required Reading: The Spectral Piano

Book review The Spectral Piano From Liszt, Scriabin, and Debussy to the Digital Age By Marilyn Nonken, with a chapter by Hugues Dufourt Cambridge University Press, 192 pp., 2014/2016 (paperback edition) By Christian Carey Recently reissued in paperback, pianist/author Marilyn Nonken’s book The Spectral Piano is a fascinating examination of the history of piano musicContinue reading “Required Reading: The Spectral Piano”

David Toop: Into the Maelstrom (Book Review)

Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation, and the Dream of Freedom before 1970 By David Toop Bloomsbury, 330 pp.   Even given the relative expanse of a projected two-volume history of improvised music, David Toop has set lofty goals for himself. In volume one, Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation, and the Dream of Freedom before 1970,Continue reading “David Toop: Into the Maelstrom (Book Review)”